12/12/16 To-do List
There is no special way to attack this action list. If it seems overwhelming, just do the first two items to make it easier. If you have a little more time, do the third….and the fourth…. Or, choose items that speak to your heart. Some people cut and paste the list, print it off and take it with them so they can check items off while they are out and about during the day and just waiting or driving. Others click and do items as they work on their computer or phone. There is no right way to do this. Just do something! Remember, too, that many of the suggestions made on earlier days are still doable!
- Wow! A professor at Connecticut has made it incredibly easy for us all to write to members of the Electoral College! Here you will find labels and letters to 260 (at this time) electors. http://directelection.org/
- Add your name to the joint NEA/AFT growing list of people who are for supporting success in public schools: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/add-your-name-commit-to-student-success
- Join Sen. Tammy Baldwin and fight for LGBT equality: https://www.tammybaldwin.com/landing/w1608lgbt/?subsource=WL-TB-LGBT-A02-FB-FBLP.D-OCPM-US-LGBT-BO-18p-T02-H02-I02
- Tell the EPA: Retract your draft report claiming that fracking is safe: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/epa_fracking_draft?sp_ref=252795437.4.177388.f.562582.2&referring_akid=.11201896.2IpBcW&source=fb_share_sp
- Petition demanding a new vote: https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-we-the-people-demand-a-new-vote
- For a better insight into the white supremacy movement, read Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things https://smile.amazon.com/Small-Great-Things-Jodi-Picoult/dp/0345544951/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481553891&sr=8-1&keywords=small+great+things For an article by someone who left the movement, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/opinion/sunday/why-i-left-white-nationalism.html?smid=fb-share
- Posted from an FB group with permission: If people are able to shoot videos saying "I believe you" at their protests too that would be amazing. We are creating a compilation directed at the women who came forward to speak out about Trump's sexual behavior. Telling them "Thank you and it doesn't matter if he ever gets criminally tried- I believe you." I have an editor in LA who will be helping put these all together to be released before the EC votes. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Time to ask all our electors to join this request for an intelligence briefing before their vote.. They need all the information possible. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/electors-intelligence-briefing-trump-russia-232498 Contact electors here: http://directelection.org/
- This action list was posted on a group today with permission to share! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vFF9jzXYITs_FVt-cbWU-G7UI6WAY44fSRa0g4zlCa8/edit
- Sign here to encourage Congress to create a national hate crimes hotline: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/push-congress-move-forward-bill-create-national-hate-crimes-hotline
- The Progress Women of Michigan Summit is planning a gathering in Lansing at the State Capitol on January 21. Go here for more information and to register: http://www.pwofmsummit.org/registration.html
- We are in the final week of this legislative session and there is much to do! Sign the ACLU’s petition telling MI legislators to oppose discriminatory voter ID bills: https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu/issues/alert/?alertid=74477626&type=ML&ms=web_161208_aff_MI_voting_rights
- Other bills this week include:
Prohibiting Union Release Time and Community College Dues Deduction
SB 279 and 280 passed the Senate, and were approved by a House Committee. They now await a vote on the floor of the Michigan House. The bills would do the following if enacted:
1. Prohibit local school districts and unions from jointly negotiating to include paid union release time in collective bargaining agreements (SB 280);
2. Prohibit the union from paying into MPSERS for employees on union release time or for those employees to get retirement service credits for time on release (SB 279);
3. Ban community colleges from collecting union dues through paycheck deduction from those who choose to be union members (SB 279);
Bills Fining Citizens $1000 for Free Speech Await Action in the Senate
HB 4643 adds a $1000 fine for any individual and $10,000 for any who pickets and impedes the "lawful work" of a business or a road or sidewalk, among other things. HB 4630 repeals the requirement that employers must include in job notices if the position is meant to fill a vacancy created because of a strike or lockout.
Unemployment Insurance Fraud Detection Fix Heads to Senate
HB 4982, which addresses the urgent need for reforms to the computerized fraud detection program used by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, passed the Michigan House by a vote of 108-0. Our brothers and sisters who have been wrongly accused of fraud by a computer and fined multiple times over the unemployment benefit they received are much closer to justice. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.
Restraint and Seclusion Bills Pass Michigan House
House Bills 5409-5417, which limit the use of restraint and seclusion to emergency situations to protect the safety of students and school employees, passed the Michigan House on December 7. The bills were referred to the Senate Education Committee, which is not currently scheduled to meet next week. Lt. Governor Brian Calley is continuing work in the Michigan Senate to send the bills to Governor Snyder before the end of the year.
4. Use the info here to call Gov. Snyder and tell him how you feel about the pending voter ID bill: https://www.facebook.com/events/875991649202470/
5. Here is the info about the rally at the Capitol on the day the electors meet in Lansing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1123202864431054/